Often business overlook the simple things. One examples we have seen in the past, is of a large manufacturing business with an expensive ERP system that was dependent on an old/obsolete PC and printer combination to print packing labels. We identified that if this failed they could not get a replacement, and their distribution would grind to a halt, which in turn would stop their manufacturing process. The cost to the business it terms of lost sales, and reputational damage would have been huge. The cost of redeveloping the system to run on modern hardware was insignificant compared to the risk the obsolete equipment posed to the business.
Our consulting services will work with you to:
When designing systems and infrastructure for them, it is wise to consider how robust the design is in terms of:
We will review your key systems and infrastructure and make practical suggestions for changes that can be made that will:
We have seen many examples whereby business thought they were safe because they were doing backups, only to find that they were unable to recover from those backups, or that it took too long to get their data back and source equipment to recover to.
Altair’s standard backup solution offers:
While business operating in Christchurch and Wellington (and more recently Gisborne) tend to treat this as a serious issue, there is still a reasonable level of complacency with Auckland businesses. We suggest businesses consider what they would do in the event of a regional disaster ... will your data be safe and will you be able to recover?
Altair can offer replication of backups to other cities and other countries (usually Australia).
If there is a fire on your premises you will also lose access to your offices, so you will need to have an alternate location from which your staff can work.
If there is a regional disaster, then you will also need to take into account the fact that:
Our approach to this is to ensure that we can:
Apart from the obvious legal requirements, there may also be situations where you find that you need data going back several years due to situations such as:
Altair offers the ability to retain your backups for as long as you required with options of both disk and tape storage.
While the Cloud offers many benefits and we are seeing many businesses moving to it, there is often a misapprehension that this means ‘the cloud provider deals with backups so we don’t have to worry’. While some of the large Cloud providers do have excellent data protection/retention policies, many businesses do not understand them and can be caught out by data being lost unexpectedly.
We can review your use of Cloud services and explain the risks to you as well as provide practical solutions to ensure that data retention and protection meets your needs.
While there are many steps we recommend to prevent infection, for example:
If something does slip thorugh, regular backups could save the day (we recommended every 15 minutes). This means that if a virus does slip through and encrypt all of the files on your servers, you have the additional option of recovering the files without giving in to the ransomware demand.
Altair’s backup solution takes incremental backups every 15 minutes and we retain them for an agreed period of time to allow data recovery.
Many businesses are concerned about Data Protection, but think that it will be too expensive for them.
Altair has put a significant effort into developing a solution and process that will give you the protection you need, at a cost you can afford.
If these questions raised concerns, your business could be at risk and you should act now.
Call us today and we will meet with you, and show you how we can help!